The Gist with Mike Pesca on the Mississippi elections and self-control studies.

Does Delaying Gratification Always Lead to Success?

Does Delaying Gratification Always Lead to Success?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 4 2014 6:06 PM

The Downside of Waiting for More Marshmallows

The Gist on why self-control can make you a terrible stock trader, plus the Mississippi GOP primary results.

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Today on the show, a look at a Tea Party resurgence in Mississippi’s GOP Senate primary with Slate’s David Weigel. Then, in our regular segment “Is This BS?,” Maria Konnikova explains why psychologist Walter Mischel’s famous marshmallow study has come to loom so large in child-rearing theories, and what its limitations might be. In the Spiel, Mike asks you to guess which words are used more by Democrats, and which by Republicans.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.